Aftercare

The BONDS Clinic understand that a detox is the first step to getting back to life. Your care after detox is arguably just as important as the initial detox, since the few weeks and months after detox are the most vulnerable and carry the highest risk of relapse. Therefore, a comprehensive plan to stay abstinent is what we strongly recommend. Thinking about triggers in our personalities, mental health, home environment, family interactions, workplace, and our social circle is crucial to success.

At The Bonds Clinic, we will work with you to design a personalised treatment plan for relapse prevention, so that it works for you.

Alongside any discussions about your treatment options which may include a range of interventions such as treating any mental health disorder or Naltrexone therapy, our experienced team can also provide specialised and solution-focused talking therapies and work with you to build the toolkit you need to get back control.

What happens after I leave

The BONDS Clinic believe a 12-month treatment plan gives you the best chance of success, whether supported through our team working with other healthcare providers to support you. Before you leave, The BONDS team will help you put a personalised treatment plan in place to support your recovery. We split this into 3 stages:

1) The Detox – 7-14 days
2) Consolidation and relapse prevention – 3 months
3) Relapse Prevention – 9 months

Outpatient follow up consultations with The BONDS team are generally consultant-led with specialised GPs, mental health nurses and therapists with additional therapy sessions usually taking place alongside. Appointment times and frequencies may vary but typically a follow up consultation and therapy session are one hour each and can take place at Pasture House or virtually depending on suitability and preference.

During the first 3 months, we may recommend weekly or fortnightly appointments, but more intensive reviews may be needed. The following 9 months tend to be monthly appointments on average but again this can be tailored accordingly. On-call services can be arranged for more enhanced support with a mixture of team members to suit requirements and identify any issues

Top tips for success

Before you are discharged, The BONDS Clinic will support you to reflect on the best ways to promote your recovery at home. This includes top tips for success such as:

  • Social and personal relationships that either protect your recovery or risk relapse. This may include promoting those positive relationships in your life that will support your recovery, and may involve you assessing whether to distance yourself from certain relationships or friends who might be misusing drugs or alcohol, for example
  • Your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing is paramount and looking at the best ways how to promote healthy living, whilst also having the toolkit to manage negative thoughts and feelings through therapy
  • Engaging with the support services available, whether through The BONDS Clinic, local, NHS or independent services
  • Awareness of the range of support resources available, including online, digital and app-based
  • Be open and honest about any ‘slip ups’ or relapse. Finding the courage to reach out can be the hardest part but is crucial to recovery and the goal of abstinence

Know someone with an addiciton?

It can be challenging if a loved one has an addiction, sometimes having a negative effect on relationships, home environment and family dynamics.

It may be difficult to spot the signs of addiction and how best to approach them in taking those first steps towards recovery.

The BONDS Clinic feel that we should all be empowered to support and seek treatment for our loved ones when they need it most but also remember we are here for you as well. If you think a loved one may have an addiction, we are here to help.

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